Shiddhi Laxmi temple of Bhaktapur Durbar Square is also called Lohan Dega, the stone temple. It was first positioned by King Jagat Prakash Malla on the southeast side of 55 windowed palaces. The temple is as beautiful as the Vatsala Durga temple but undoubtedly has more guardians.
As per some folk talks, the very first pair of guardians of the temple is related to the then’s society and human behavior. It simply shows what happens when a child is raised by a father or a mother. The difference is shown there, all you need to do is go and find it.
The fifteen steps stair of this temple somehow is the most attractive wedge, particularly one perfect spot for photography as well. There is a total of five plinths in the temple, where each plinth has a pair of a guardian.
As already mentioned, the very first plinth has a couple with a child and a dog with them, depicting an exciting story. Then comes the horses, rhinos, human-faced creatures, and at last, the camels. And here comes the things to ponder.
Aren’t they quite unusual pairs to establish on the plinths of a temple? Besides, why camels and rhinos? They are not even found in Bhaktapur and possibly not found even in the nearby places of Bhaktapur.
Well, whatever might be the story behind it, they are now placed respectively from bottom to top. Besides these stunning stone carvings, this venerable temple set out a platform to enjoy the breathtaking festivals of Bhaktapur like Gai Jatra.
Yes, you can. You could even capture the images of the god and goddess of the sanctum if you made it in the time of Nityapuja.
No, it is not.
Yes, it lies within the Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
It would be a pleasure to sneak around Bhaktapur Durbar Square. It doesn’t matter when you will visit there. But if you are interested in temples and worshipping then the morning would be the best time to be present there.
The entrance fee to enter Bhaktapur along with the Bhaktapur Durbar Square varies as per the nationality. It costs, Rs.1500 for Non-SAARC nationality, Rs.500 to SAARC, and Chinese citizens, and free for the Nepalese.
No, you don’t need to pay for your infant. In fact, it is free entry to the children below 10 years of each national at Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
You could choose a local bus or hire a private vehicle to reach over there.
You can catch a local bus from Ratna Park or from Bagbazaar if you are staying at Thamel, which directly goes to Bhaktapur. But you need to catch the bus that has a route via shiddhapokhari.
Yes, there are restaurants and cafes on-site, convenient for all kinds of visitors.
Yes, it is. Even a single woman could travel here alone.
While being in Bhaktapur, you must mind few things like taking out of your shoes while entering the temple and other religious sites. Likewise, you might not be allowed to click pictures of some specific events or place. You should consider these things.
As we informed you earlier it is all safe for solo traveling which means you can travel without a guide. But we also recommend you to have a certified guide who would help you to understand the authentic Bhaktapur and the stories carved all over the monuments.
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Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Municipality, Bhaktapur District, Nepal.